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Kotek Names Education Department Director

(Salem, OR) -- Governor Tina Kotek has named the next Director of the Oregon Department of Education. Dr. Charlene Williams is currently the deputy superintendent of Evergreen Public Schools in Vancouver. She's worked 30 years as a teacher and public school administrator. She's the first Black woman in Oregon history to be appointed to the role. She'll start in an interim role July 10th. The Oregon Senate will consider her confirmation in September. Kotek says Williams is an exceptional leader and educator who is strategic, thoughtful, and hard-working.

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